Scientific Name
Gigantactis vanhoeffeni  
Gigantactis vanhoeffeni梵氏巨棘鮟鱇
by: H. C. Ho
Author Brauer, 1902 Depth 0 - 5300M
Chinese 梵氏巨棘鮟鱇 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 巨棘鮟鱇科 Economic Fish No 
Family F243 Gigantactinidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 梵氏巨棘鮟鱇 
Max Length 42 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 深海鮟鱇 
Distribution in World global   Distribution in Taiwan North East 
Habitats Ocean、Deep Sea、Coastal  Holotype Locality East of Zanzibar, 5°42'S, 43°36'E, Tanzania, Western Indian Ocean, Valdivia station 239, depth 0 to 2500 meters 
Synonyms Gigantactis exodon, Gigantactis perlatus   
Reference 何宣慶(2002)碩士論文;Fishbase(2003);Fish of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)  Brauer, A. 1902 Bertelsen, E., T. W. Pietsch etc. 1981 Nakabo T. 2002 何宣慶 2002 
Specimen List ASIZP0059903. ASIZP0060136. ASIZP0061798. ASIZP0061799. ASIZP0065446. ASIZP0804889. ASIZP0804890. ASIZP0914889. ASIZP0914890.  
Barcode2015-10-23,Chia-Hao Chang,CO1,%
Common Name Vanhoeffen's whipnose angler 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body elongated and compressed; skin spinulose, darkly pigmented; eye small; illicium length less than 120%SL; escal bulb spinulose, with a elongated darkly pigmented distal prolongation, bearing distally flattened papillae and some distal and slender proximal filaments; illicium with a pair of appendages on the posterior escal base; premaxillary with single series small teeth; lower jaws with 3 series strong teeth; caudal fin rays short, unbranched, less than 45%SL; caudal fin rays not covered with skin, the fin rays are separated nearly to the bases, the fork between 4th and 5th deepest.
habitats Marine. First dorsal spine of female highly modified into a long rod with a light organ in the tip call illicium and esca, the esca containing bacteria as luminous symbiont, its function in attracting prey. Oviparous, larvae habits in the upper, food-rich 
Distribution Widely distributed in the tropical and temperate parts of all oceans. It is rare in Taiwan occurring in th enortheastern off Yilan. 
Utility No commercial value.